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Tahoe City was founded in 1863 and started simply as a supply area for the various lumber companies that operated from Virginia City. Many of the hardy individuals who worked with the timber companies decided to stake out land to make this their home. Although, most didn?t endure, many did. Because of the harsh winters the population remained low, but remained a favorite vacation spots for tourist who loved winters sports and those who didn?t, sought out the beauty during the summer months. The Tahoe Tavern was built in 1901 by Duane Bliss for his family, but it soon turned into a lush hotel for wealthy vacationers. DL Bliss even built a railroad to its doors to make it easier for tourist as did the steamers bringing guests right to her docks since roads were not in the best conditions. The first full time resident family was the Watson?s who built their cabin right up near the shore in 1909. It wasn?t till after the WWII, that the roads greatly improved and the peacetime boom that hit this area within the next ten years bring in new businesses and families. After the 1960 Olympics popularity of winter sports really hit bringing in all those outdoor warriors who gradually made this their home.

Watson Cabin 1910

The Gatekeeper?s Museum is a 1981 reconstruction of the original Gatekeeper?s hand-carved log Cabin of 1910 ? It was where the water master lived and it was his job to control the Truckee River out of Lake Tahoe. It houses Tahoe history of its beginning of the Native inhabitants through the logging period. Exhibits include Local rocks and fossils, early skiing gear, logging and railroad equipment, vintage newspapers and other Lake Tahoe memorabilia. Tools, baskets and clothing from the Washoe and Paiute Indian tribes are exhibited. Old photographs, oral historical recordings and videotapes are available in the research library. Over 100 Native American dolls and over 800 Native American Baskets are housed in a new annex.

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  • Last visit to Tahoe City: Jan 2009
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  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Thanks Dee for the memories of Tahoe! I spent several days out here in the woods a long time ago and your page brought back many moments for me!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Tahoe City seems to be a wonderful destination to visit. We especially like the bridges and the museums. Thanks for your virtual tour with lovely photographs. Thanks also for visiting our Japan travel pages. ~ho & pang

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

    What a place, Dee. Love that jail! Another grand page filled with insights, descriptions, and wonderful photographs. What a lovely town to visit.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Very nice place. Great tips!

  • wabIV's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    Hello Dee, Thanks for the great tips on one of my favorite places in the world. I have not been there in several years and look forward to returning and perhaps catching one of those beautiful Brown Trout.


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